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Comment Re: Justice is blind and buggy (Score 1) 228

You've got it backwards. Everyone's trying to fuck you everywhere, but in the US you have recourse.

My non-US apartment building wakes me every morning with hammering and drilling. What can I do about it? Fuck all. In the US, I could complain to the landlord, make some recordings, reduce my rent payments, wait for the landlord to sue me, and smile as the judge tells him I'll resume paying full rent when he stops the fucking noise.

(I'm sure it's not actually as peachy as that, but the fact still that I have no recourse at all in my current country.)

Comment Hahaha. Oh, they're serious? (Score 1) 122

My Nexus 4 was the worst phone I've ever had. The phone ran blisteringly hot and was so poorly sealed that it corroded its own power button due to sweat and humidity. 3G would stop working for 30 seconds at a time. It perfectly covered up its own speaker when sitting on a flat surface, so sounds were muted. It was smooth enough to slip off of nearly any surface.

Now the same company that was in charge of the specifications wants to be in charge of everything? Shoot me now!

Comment Re:Courtesy of the Israeli right wing (Score 1) 30

The US is more of a threat to the rest of the world than the middle east.

That's only true because we're keeping the Middle East in check. If the war-loving factions in the Middle East were as competent as the US, the world would be fucked. (That's not to say the US isn't also somewhat war-loving. But the huge redeeming quality is that the US appreciates stability on a global scale.)

Comment Re:Unlocked bootloaders (Score 1) 85

Thanks! I'll check out what Lenovo's flagship phones are next time I want to upgrade. (They seem to occupy the right spot, as a company that's big enough to do things right, but small enough that it can't just ignore what its customers want.)

Unlike Google, who couldn't seem to afford a QA department for their phones.

Comment Evil fighting against evil? (Score 1) 307

Ever since I read about Gawker taking a quote out of context and basically destroying someone's life, it's hard for me to feel sorry for them.

Since when the whole story came to light, Gawker didn't do the responsible thing and discipline Biddle, I conclude they didn't learn anything about responsible journalism. News flash: creating news is explicitly not part of a reporter's job.

Comment Re:Unlocked bootloaders (Score 1) 85

The Nexuses are the closest you will get. The hardware seems to be good these days and they are certainly not bootloader locked. I have a Lenovo for travel that's got all the ports and dual SIM. That was unlockable in the sense that all it took was a google search.

It's a bit immature, but I have a grudge against Google for the Nexus 4. On top of all its design shortcomings, mine had a slightly defective motherboard. I think it must have been "binned" bad but they sold it anyway.

You mean the Lenovo has a SSD slot? I think you've just helped me choose my next phone. Is there any reason one might not want to choose Lenovo? Any way it fails to impress?

Comment Re:Unlocked bootloaders (Score 1) 85

So vote with your wallet and only buy phones with unlocked bootloaders.. On the upside, they are usually cheaper and come with nice options like dual sim.

It's a rotten choice. There's no phone with great hardware AND an unlocked bootloader. (Great hardware means pluggable SD card and battery, and camera and other hardware that doesn't randomly screw up or stop working.)

Comment Re:Not Surprising (Score 1) 249

For 2.99USD, it's really a pittance and the developers deserve a little compensation for a job well done. Thanks for motivating me.

I hope you're being sarcastic. A "donate" button would be a motivation to compensate them. Bundling malware should be motivation to install an alternative, or even write a competing app, if you're an Android developer.

Comment Surely you're not serious (Score 1) 284

Gross revenue taxation would completely destroy companies that have large influx and outflow of money. It's not even an option.

Say I borrow a million bucks, have a factory make a bunch of coffee mugs, and sell them for 20% profit, repay the loan plus interest, and keep 15k. If you tax me based on my revenue, my profit will become negative! This is why the VAT was invented. You can't tax revenue because the buy=>improve/market=>sell business model has very little profit compared to the revenue.

Imagine you tried taxing Amazon.com based on revenue. Their tax would be many, many times greater than their profit!

Comment Re:That's a funny new definition of "entitlement" (Score 1) 438

I don't understand why people believe they are entitled to someone else's property in whatever way they choose at whatever price they feel they want to pay. Does any other business work this way? Does any other part of life work this way? Do you treat your own property this way?

This is basically the way everything works, and always has. If a company won't license you their product, you build your own version. If they won't license you their patent, you make something similar that does not use the mechanism they described in the patent. If it's too expensive, people make their own or find a substitute. There are so many examples of this that I can't even begin to name them. For the internet age: Soylent is a cheaper version of medical food replacements that have been available for decades. Facebook wouldn't give the Chinese government what it wanted, so a Chinese company created Renren. Do you think in any single one of these cases, the person that wanted the product decided, "No, I won't clone it because it would hurt the other company, and I have a really kind heart."???

The only thing different about the entertainment industry is that the most reasonable way to clone it is to make a bit-by-bit copy. It's unlawful, but so are half the other ways people/companies take ideas from other people/companies.

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